When I was a young boy and heading into kindergarten I didn’t get along with a lot of the other students. I felt it unnecessary to follow the rules of the classroom. At the time I wasn’t sure why but as I am getting older now, I can look back and really see what has going on.
There were several reasons I didn’t want to follow the rules and listen to what I was told. One main reason was due to the fact that none of what I was being told to do made any sense to me. Why should I take a nap when I wasn’t tired? Why did I have to color this picture when the one I wanted to color was over there? Maybe I didn’t like the juice that was given to me for snack time but I was expected to drink it.
I was always given an option when I was younger. Not tired? Don’t nap. Hungry? Then eat. It was that simple.
When it came time to go to kindergarten I didn’t fare very well. I was constantly being talked to by the teachers and reports being sent home. Some of which stated “Doesn’t play well with others” and that’s no joke! They really said that!
Stand up for yourself and speak up!
That was drilled into me from the beginning and it stuck. If I didn’t stand up for myself, who would? And if I didn’t speak up, who would be able to hear me?
The final days of my kindergarten career were spent being bullied by another kid whose name escapes me at the moment. I took several days of his picking on me and calling me names until one day he pushed me down while at recess. I stood up and tackled him until he lay flat on his back and I continued to punch him (as hard as a kindergartener could lol).
Before I knew it, I was magically floating away from him, which I learned later the teacher had come and picked me up. We were both taken inside and out mouths washed out with liquid soap. Our parents called and we were put into time out. There I waited until my mother arrived and we were told never to come back.
The point of the story is that it’s ok stand up for yourself, even it if it means getting kicked out of kindergarten. If something doesn’t make sense to you, ask for help understanding it. If there is a better way to do something, speak up. People can be scared of change, but I firmly believe that change is a great thing.
Go forth my minions and move people’s cheese!